Treadmill maintenance is the key to a long-lasting, trouble-free treadmill. The main culprit to costly repairs and a shortened treadmill life is usually a lack of proper maintenance. Fitness equipment won’t last long if it isn’t well-maintained. The simplest thing you can do is clean the treadmill and place it in an ideal location. Keeping the belt aligned and the deck lubricated will go a long way as well. If you do these four simple things, you’ll find that your treadmill will give you several years of enjoyment with very few, if any, headaches.
1. Clean Your Treadmill Regularly
Cleaning is actually very important to the life of your treadmill. In fact, if something goes wrong with it, this is usually the problem. For instance, excessive dust can make your motor run harder and hotter and eventually go out. There are certain cleaning tips you can use to make sure that your treadmill lasts a long time:
- Avoid using any soaps or solvents when wiping down the machine. Only use water.
- When wiping down the frame, use a damp cloth.
- Vacuum under and around the treadmill often to prevent dust and debris getting into the equipment.
- Vacuum under the motor hood making sure that the treadmill is unplugged beforehand.
- Dust between the deck and belt.
Be sure to dust and vacuum at least once each week. Serious cleaning between the deck and belt as well as in the motor hood should be done less often. Aim for once a month for these tasks.
2. Place The Treadmill In An Ideal Location
Where you place your treadmill can affect how long it lasts. The most important thing is to make sure that it is on level, sturdy ground. If it’s off balance, the belt and motor can be affected. If the ground isn’t level, most treadmills have adjustable feet that can make up the difference.
Place your treadmill in an area of your home that is away from excessive amounts of pet hair or dirt. They can get stuck in various areas of the treadmill, harming the motor. Keep it away from any exterior doors in your home since dirt can come in this way. It is also a good idea to place the treadmill on a mat. This inexpensive accessory can do wonders in maintaining the equipment. It aids in cleaning the area under the treadmill and provides a slight cushion for the treadmill so there is less impact when you walk or run. A treadmill mat will also protect your floor!
3. Keep The Belt Aligned
Over time, your treadbelt may become off center. This can happen if the treadmill is on uneven ground or if the walker favors one leg over the other. If this happens, you can adjust the belt to keep it centered. Consult your manual for ways to do this with your treadmill model. If a walking belt becomes off-center, it can hurt both the belt and the motor, which will require repair.
4. Keep The Deck Lubricated
Most decks come pre-lubricated. This means that you won’t need to do this task for the first year that you own the machine. Afterward, you may need to start lubricating it yourself. Check your owner’s manual to see what lubrication product the manufacturer recommends. There are also treadmill maintenance kits you can buy that will have lubrication in them. Just make sure that you don’t over lubricate the deck as this can do more harm than good to your equipment.
While most maintenance is universal, you should still have a look at your manual as treadmill maintenance will vary slightly from one model to another. Your manual should provide a maintenance schedule and recommended products for your treadmill.